Full-service acute care hospital now open, providing patient-centered care in Lake Nona.
The highly-anticipated UCF Lake Nona Medical Center opened its doors to the public this month, providing full-service healthcare to Lake Nona and surrounding communities in Southeast Orlando and Osceola County. Located adjacent to the UCF College of Medicine in Orlando’s Medical City at 6700 Lake Nona Blvd., the state-of-the-art facility now provides 24/7 emergency care and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient hospital services. The new hospital – a $175-million investment in expanding access to care in the area – is expected to serve more than 17,000 patients in its first year.
“The grand opening of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is the realization of a vision that will impact the community for years to come,” said Wendy H. Brandon, FACHE, chief executive officer. “With the rapid growth in Lake Nona, this community needed a hospital close to home. Our team looks forward to becoming more engaged in the region’s wellness and supporting Lake Nona’s commitment to health and wellbeing. Whether you need treatment for an acute injury or illness or if you are seeking resources for advanced specialty care, our community can count on UCF Lake Nona Medical Center to provide high-quality, patient-centered care.”
As a full-service hospital, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center features 64 inpatient beds, a 20-bed emergency department, four operating rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab, comprehensive imaging and laboratory services, and six private birthing suites. Designed to meet the needs of the growing community, the hospital has room to expand to 80 beds and is designed for future growth up to 500 beds. The facility has also invested in the latest technology to support superior quality care and patient safety, including systems to provide enhanced security, communication and experience as well as innovative patient care and treatment options.
The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center medical staff includes more than 250 physicians, including specialists in cardiology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, gynecologic oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurohealth sciences, OB/GYN, orthopedic surgery, pulmonology spine and urology. In its first year, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center will create more than 350 jobs and is expected to serve more than 17,000 patients.
Designed with education spaces and technology throughout, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center also represents the future of medicine in Central Florida, supporting the delivery of outstanding training for tomorrow’s physicians. Medical students will have the opportunity to learn from community physician partners as well as UCF College of Medicine physicians and researchers, who share the hospital’s commitment to developing excellent caregivers and finding cures. And in conjunction with UCF Academic Health, it will also provide learning opportunities for UCF nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy students.
“In addition to providing convenient access to outstanding healthcare services in Lake Nona, this hospital will provide important educational opportunities for tomorrow’s physicians and support the work of our UCF researchers seeking innovative treatments and cures,” said Dr. Deborah C. German, vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at UCF.
”Today, we celebrate the next step in creating a healthcare hub in Lake Nona that will increase economic development and improve health for all.”
UCF Lake Nona Medical Center celebrated its grand opening with a virtual event on March 1. A recording of the virtual event is available on UCF Lake Nona Medical Center’s Facebook page. To learn more about the new hospital and its services, visit www.ucflakenonamedicalcenter.com.